His last two homeruns given up remind me of the 2001 World Series in which our closer for the Diamondbacks was Byung-Hung Kim. He gave up two homeruns on two consecutive nights with two outs in World Series games 4 and 5 which allowed the Yankees to take the series the distance. We still won that World Series so don’t count Houston out.
They call it the World Series for a reason. Major League baseball players are the best in the world. Major leaguers come from all over the globe. United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, China, Korea, Aruba, and Panama are some of the countries that are birth places of current players.
I hate to bring it back up but I remember before Game 1 of the 2001 series each individual player had to go into the media room and look into the camera and say their name, position and country they were born in. David Dellucci, outfielder, United States of America. Why? Because the World Series are televised all over the world to many many countries. That is pretty awesome to know that people are watching these games in countries that I can’t even spell.
The Astros have to trick their mind into breaking the game down as much as they can. What? OK here it goes. ‘We’ve got to win 4 games in a row.’ Wrong way to think. That is extremely tough to do in the Major Leagues and even tougher in the World Series. Break it down. How does a team ultimately win the game? Win every inning. Easy. Let’s go even further. "We’ve got to beat the other team EVERY pitch of the game."
Confused? When hitting your ultimate goal is to get a hit. When pitching your goal is to get an out. Battle pitch by pitch. Not ‘at bat’ by ‘at bat.’ Win each pitch and you will win the ‘at bat.’ Win the most ‘at bats’ and you will win the game.
Also, don’t miss your pitch. Houston seems to be fouling off or flying out on pitches that they should be hammering. Maybe they were trying to hard. I think the Astros had a defensive mindset at the plate. ‘Don’t strike out. Don’t swing at a bad pitch.’ You can’t take that attitude and succeed. Their bodies know what to do. Their minds are getting in the way. Let your instincts take over and you’ll be surprised how much better you play.
Break it down. Clear your mind. See the ball as well as you can. Put a good swing on it. Watch the ball hit the bat. This doesn’t guarantee a hit but it makes your chances a whole lot better. Lastly, BE POSITIVE!
I can already tell that things here are different in Louisiana. Driving back home I saw firsthand that Katrina and Rita are still affecting those of us who live in Louisiana. There are many more work vehicles on the interstate. electric companies on the move, camouflage vehicles (maybe National Guard) towing machinery, and lines of trucks labeled F. E. M. A…all signs that construction and the road to recovery is underway.
The lack of gasoline is also a major problem in Louisiana. My family warned me before my trip back home that I should not let my gas gauge go under half a tank. I now know why. Even as far up as Shreveport and Alexandria there were gas pumps with covers on them. I knew it was a sign that things would be worse the further south I went.
One thing that people have always commented about after finding out that I am from Louisiana is how bad the road construction is. I couldn’t help but wonder how difficult it must have been for evacuees to be stuck in traffic because the road construction probably slowed travel down possibly to a halt, not to mention the massive movement of people on the road at one time. I have been hearing how traffic in Baton Rouge is terrible considering that the normal population was around 450,000 and now is anywhere from 800,000 to 1 million people. The interstate system was bad before, but now it is much worse.
I headed to my father’s cabin in Southwest Mississippi to help with minimal repairs on the roof and some downed trees as a result of the hurricanes. Heading up I55 it was apparent that even though it was 100 miles inland Katrina was still packing a large amount of power. Massive trees were uprooted all along the interstate. I could also see evidence of tornados which may have spun off leaving a path of ripped trees into the forest.
After the repairs to my father’s cabin were done, next on the list was to repair my mother’s roof which was damaged more from Hurricane Rita than Katrina. She had water dripping from the ceiling in three areas of her home. My brother in-law and I found where two of the leaks came from and the third we believe may have been caused by the rain blowing horizontal under the shingles from gusting winds. Baton Rouge saw more rain and wind from Hurricane Rita that Katrina.
Other than helping out the family with repairs, I have been busy getting settled back at home. I’ve also been appearing on quite a few sports talk shows discussing the baseball playoffs and Catch 22 for Blue.
I haven’t been keeping up with the playoffs. If I’m not in them I really don’t care about what goes on. Unfortunately, I heard there was a really crazy ending to game #2 in the Angels and White Sox series. It is a shame that a game, especially one of such importance, should be decided on a controversial call. Should there be instant replay in baseball? What about only in the playoffs? Either way, congrats to the White Sox on making it to the World Series.
On another note, I’ve been asked several times if Buck Showalter purposely took our key players out of the game so that we would lose to the Angels and give them home-field advantage in the playoffs over the Yankees. I honestly don’t believe the thought even crossed Buck’s mind. The reason Mike, Tex and Hank were taken out early was to give the fans an opportunity to send cheers to the guys in appreciation for having a great year and playing as hard as they could everyday. That was a time for those players to give a little wave back in thanks for the fans supporting them so well. It was also an opportunity to reward the September call ups by letting them play in the final game of the season. We all did our best to win that game as we have every other game.
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Thanks for all of the great comments on my first blog…Sorry for the delay on getting to my second entry, but here it goes.
When the end of the baseball season comes to a close my list of things to do grows larger and larger. It is a sad time because you think about all the goals you wanted to accomplish, both as a team and as an individual, and realize that the season is over and you have to wait until the next year starting from scratch.
Baseball is a team sport but if you don’t do well as an individual you can’t help the team win. Also, if you do poorly as an individual you might find yourself looking for a new profession! If someone would have told me I would hit 29 home runs and score 97 runs this year I would have laughed and said I WISH. Now that it’s over and I am recapping the season, I am very disappointed and angry that I didn’t hit 30 and score 100. Funny how that works. The six games that I missed during the last road trip might have played a big part in coming up just short. At least I have a goal for next year and something to think about all off season.
As I was closing my accounts for electricity, TV, lease, packing to head to Louisiana, and finishing all of my business at the ballpark my phone was ringing off the hook with news that the Rangers were not going to offer a contract to Kenny Rogers and GM John Hart was stepping down. It will be different not seeing Kenny pitch in a Rangers uniform next year. As a team it will be tough to lose your ace on the pitching staff. I wish him well wherever he goes as he will be missed on the club. I think Kenny will have success and may be better suited as a number 2 starter for a number of teams.
As far as the General Manager position, it will be interesting to watch as Jon Daniels takes over. It is a tough position to be in. If the team does well the GM goes unnoticed, if the team does poorly, the GM takes the blame. I’ve dealt with Jon last year through contract negotiations and couldn’t have been happier with the way he conducted business. I have confidence in his abilities and think he will do well. Does Theo Epstein ring a bell? Boston won the World Series a few years after he took over so the fact that Jon is only 28 years old doesn’t make him less qualified.
Thanks for checking in with me. I’m back home in Louisiana, will be out assessing Katrina damage over the next month. I will also be making a slew of radio appearances over the next few weeks discussing the playoffs and my nonprofit Catch 22 for Blue. Make sure to keep checking the blog, I’ll do my best to keep it updated regularly over the offseason.
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